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lm TLree e(|leal Ne ! Se(llom e ,m February II, 1951 ................ "~D OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE ROCKFORD DIOCESE i i n I VOL. XXXlX, NO. 41 I Music Educators Sponsor Mass WoodstockiA scene at the Regional Solemn High Mass sponsored by the Rockford diocesan Music educators at St. Mary's, Woodstock. Nearly 400 students of the diocese participated in singing at the Mass. The Dixon Case ur Woodstock--Four hundred students from schools of the Woodstock area participated in singing Solemn ttigh Mass at St. Mary's here on Wednesday, Jam 31. This was the second in a series of Regional High Masses sponsored by the Rockford Diocesan Music Educators. Celebrant of the Solenm High Mass was the Reverend Joseph Egan, pastor of St. Mary's; deacon, the Rev Raymond6 Eipers; sub-deacon, the Rev. John Dording, pastor of St. Patrick's, Hartland. The sermon was given by Father Joseph Egan who wel- comed the students and congratu- lated the singers for their achieve- ment in study and performance of music suitable for liturgical wor- ship. Father Ernest Schnaus, O.S.B., of Marmion Abbey conducted the congregational singing. Father Ernest is liturgical chairman for the Rockford Chapter of the Nat- ional Catholic Music Educators' Association. Proper of the Mass was sung by a Schola Cantorum representing the parochial schools of St. Mary's, Woodstock, and St. Joseph, Harvard. Clergymen pres- ent for the ceremony were the Rev. E.C. Baumhofer of St. Mary's, McHenry; the Rev. J. F. Regan of St. Catherine Church, Dundee, and the Rev. John Dording of St. Pat- irick's Church, Hartland. Parishes and schools participat, ing were: St. Charles Borromeo, Ilampshire, St. Thomas, Crystal Lake; St. John the Baptist, Johns- burg; Mt. St. Mary's Academy, St. Charles; St. Joseph, Harvard; Christ the King, Wonderlake, St. Patrick's, Hartland; St. Patrick's, McHenry; St. Mary's, McHenry, St. Catherine's, Dundee; and St. I Mary's Woodstock. The Rev. M. A. Kissane, diocesan director of the Holy Na~e society and pastor of St. Rita's parish, Aurora, directs the atten- tion of all the pastors and people of the diocese to the foUowing letter recived from His Eminence, Joseph Cardinal Pizzardo, card. inal protector o/ the Holy Na~e society. To the Reverend Fathers Directors of the Diocesan Holy Name Society U.S.A. Reverend and dear Fathers, In this stormy moment of his- tory, when peace seems suspended pensable condition of peace This refers to the Holy Name men, spe- cifically these "men of good will" of the 20th Century, each proudly and reverently bearing the name of the Prince of Peace, the Holy Name of Jesusr As Cardinal Protector, I earnest- on the frailest thread, which Santa Fe, N. M. --(NC)-- AtI and poverty and the fact that theyl law firm of Watson, l~IcIntosh and threatens to break at any moment ~ake in current litigation over the I have peculiarly and exclusively] Watson, maintained: and precipitate the world in an much-publicized "Dixon case" here l dedicated their services to the ad-] A BelP-ious vows taken b" Sis abyss of misery and ruin, we must is whether District Judge~ E. T.I vancement of a religious faith to - . ~ ..... J. - vigorously react with all the Hensleys decision banning 1431the exclusion of all other worldlyItoenrs:n c~:os~i~r~i:OalnO~ri~z, rmgoe strength of our Faith, the far,lung members of Catholic religious or- objects" ~ . y c ,~ o ,,~.~ .~ grasp of our Hope, the ardor of ........... , " I scnoo~ cnlmren nor oz rrores~ant our Charity.Closelyunitedto aers Irom teacmng in iNew lvlexlcol Attorne"s for the r~,~...~:^, ... s ~ ~u.v~ Cl1zens pubhc schools should be extended[ Church in a cross a .... l ~r .... ~] " , Mother Church, let us implore from to all such. religious in the State as follows: ~'~" ........ B. Wearing religious garb is an the "Prince of Peace" true peace. In addltmn an appeal by a Pro- 1 N ............. exercise of freedom of conscience,I Seven hundred years before Christ, testant group aided by "Protest-[ ,^.:~.^~Yn.~^z_^~ne^~a~..re'~gmu.s.[ guaranteed by the Constitution. ]Isaias, that Eagle amongst Proph- ants and Other Americans Umtedl.ax u r ....... I C. Pubhc schools received full l eta, had given to Christ the Utle s ppo tea ~tate scnool of Prince of Peace." The Church for Separation of Church and l ~" ..... ,. I value in services rendered forI " " State" (POAU) seeks two other ~:. ~eugmus now are teaching salaries paid to Sisters andlfor more than 1900 years has objects: only seven tax-suppor~ea .senoo[s:l Brothers as school teachers, called Jesus "Prince of Peace." To 1 A prohibition against the a. ~mce ~ne~ensmy uec~smn 16IThere is nothing in the con- none other in the long history of wearing of religious garb in Sew l schools.have,sen conner, ca IromIstitution.,. preventing them fromIthe world has this title been giv- Mexic~ ~ublic school~ i~,,u,~ ~ ~.~ ~.uv~. I g~wng tne~r smaries to their re-len. Why? The answer is simple. "-2. ~.~rt~ling that payment of Statel, 4. No. sectarian, books are, nowIligious orders.[Only Jesus brought to the world ,funds to religious or religious or-[ Demg a~s~rmute,a m flnese, schools, l, D. Use of church-owned proper-lpeace' true peace. "I give you my ganizations is forbidden by the NewlnO sectarian aoc~rme , ]s ,~emglty for vublic school nurvoses is[peace' not as the world gives it." Mexico and Federal Constitutions.ltaught even De,ore or after scnoo~s[consisteJ~t with the Const'itution. I Jesus is the Author of Peace. He In their brief the Protestantslhours, .ann no re~].gmus.p]c~ures orI Free textbooks are now beinglis peace itself -- so peace is His held,, . that the Hensley dec~smnlstatuanes are" being d~spmye,~. I distributed by the State directly telgift' the foundation and the crown- fads ~o reestablish in the schools] o. ~ne t~nurc.n owns no.vuu,amg, Ipupils' the (~atholic brief nointedling of all His other gifts to us, of New Mexico the absolute separa-]now neing uses zor pubne SChOOl[out' instead of going to the 1)aro-[and it must be obtained through tio n between church and ~ate.". [purposes. [chial schools. This system was put]prayer" "~ney maintainea ~nat t~atnoncl ln replytothe Protestant brief, l into effect under anattorney gear|;th;~:hallb ~an edsph chi:d~ ,,Blessed are eethelglePeatCerelOVers' Religious should be disqualified lthe Catholic document filed by At-[eral's ruling which held the Hens-I from teaching in public schools "bY ltorney John A. Danaher, of Wash-[ley decision barred distribution to[fr virtue of their vows of obedience lington, D. C.. and the Santa FeIthe schools, but not to the children.lit to men of good will : an india- .ly ask you, Reverend Fathers Di- Continued on page 12A Pop Austrolio Bishop; U.N. Advisor Vatican City -- (Radio, NC)--- Bishop Eris O'Brien, Auxiliary to His Eminence Norman Cardinal Gilroy, Archbishop of Sidney, Aus- tralia, who has just been elevated to Titular Archbishop of Cirro, is well known in the-United States as an advisor to the Australian dele- gation to the United Nations at Lake Success, N.Y. Bishop O'Brien previously was Titular to Alinda. Bishop O'Brien is best known, besides his achievements in the Church, as a historian, university lecturer and writer. He is the au- thor of several books on the his-' tory of the Catholic Church and Australia. He was educated by the Jesuit Fathers in Sydney and also . studied at Louvain and the Na- tional University of Ireland. Washington--The tub-thumping spectacle of the so-called "Nation- al Conference on Church and State" held here by Protestants and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and State has come and ([one. Bad taste and bigotry were ~ts principal charac- teristics. Virtually every speaker stressed repeatedly that neither he nor POAU is anti-Catholic, as though trying to convince himself as well as his audience that this was so. Yet a mass meeting in Constitution Hall was told that "each ?atholic pared the sending of a personal en- voy to the Vatican by the Presi. dent to bastardy. At a "workshop for freedom" session a man who said he had come all the way from California to the conference assert- ed that in South America Protes- tant churches were being dynamit- ed, their ministers emasculated, and the breasts of women "here- tics" cut. Although it was hard to imagine POAU setting any limits on big- otry or bad taste, the executive di- rector did repudiate a statement that His Eminence Jose, Cardinal church and Catholic school is a Mindszenty was "guilty as chary- foreign enclave on American soil." : ed" of treason behind the Iron Cur- And the Pope was referred to as tain. At least one Washington an "oriental potentate." ' i paper reported that William Rufus A statement of policy, unard-[Scott, POAU national advisory monaly adopted by the National[council member, made this state- Advisory Ceuncil of POAU, com. linen, at the conference and added that the myth of martyrdom surrounding the Hungarian pre- late must be shattered. Glenn L. Archer, POAU execu- tive director, said Mr. Scott did not actually appear at the confer- ence due to illness. "If he pre- pared any written statement on the Mindszenty affair, it was done purely on his own volition and without the knowledge of POAU " r h headquarters, Mr A c er ex- fallibility, and other aspects of Catholicism. In his address Blanshard criti- cized His Eminence Francil Card- inal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, for his effort to uphold standards of morality and decency in films by condemning the Rob- erto Rossellini movie "The Mir- acle." Interestingly enough, at the same time Dr. G. Bromley Ox- nam of New York, Methodist Bish- plained, op and a vice-president of POAU, Paul Blanshard, anti-Catholic spoke in Paris and accused Holly- author of "American Freedom and wood of helping communist propa- Catholic Power," was the featured ganda by showing Americans as speaker at the Constitution Hall "gangster-minded, over-sexed and mass meeting. Speaking on "The t luxury-mad." Vatican and the Kremlin," Blan-[ Washington papers carried sen- shard found great similarities be-[eral statements by Catholic organ- tweon these two institutions and[ization~ warning Americans took time to ridicule the Pope, l against what POAU stands for. eanonlzations, the doctrine of In-l Knights of Columbus of the Dis- trict of Columbia said that the conferences sought "to drive a wedge between Catholics and their. fellow citizens." This, the K. of C. stated, was an ironic develop- ment "when American Catholic servicemen are fighting and dying side by side with their Protestant and Jewish comrades in Korea." The Catholic War Veterans de- clared that "the Conference on Church and State by Protestants and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and State should be understood for what it really was--an attempt by POAU :to gain publicity and financial !support by an appeal to religious bigotry" I , I "f~Ieanwhfle in Chicago Prof. $ohn C. Hayes of Loyola Univer. Continued on page I2&